Ecosystem Degradation – While current regulations protect habitats and the species that rely on them, historic human impacts on habitat have resulted in functional degradation to our ecosystems, causing adverse impacts to biodiversity, water quality, water supply, flooding, and recreation. GEI works with clients to restore damaged habitats that provide important ecological functions, contributing to improved ecosystem health benefiting humans and wildlife alike.
Climate Resiliency – Communities are increasingly dealing with the effects of climate change. Climate science and our own life experiences are evidence that climate changes threaten the integrity of human and ecological systems around the globe—sea level rise is causing shorelines and coastlines to be more frequently inundated and extreme weather events are pushing infrastructure meant to contain and control natural forces to their limits. GEI works with clients to address the threats of climate change with ecologically informed solutions.
Multi-Objective Projects – There are a multitude of federal, state, and local environmental regulations that can delay projects and require excessive and expensive mitigation. Instead of viewing these regulations as obstacles, GEI’s approach is to turn them into opportunities for a more sustainable project. GEI works with clients to develop multi-objective projects that integrate mitigation into the project, resulting in more efficient project delivery and projects that provide multiple benefits.
GEI offers services to meet client needs during all elements of the ecological restoration project lifecycle, from planning and design through construction management. The GEI restoration team excels at executing an interdisciplinary approach. We seamlessly integrate ecology and engineering, combining an in-depth understanding of physical, chemical, and biological factors, their intersection and influence on each other in both natural and built systems. GEI combines this integrative practice with social and cultural elements to create project designs and implement ecological restoration measures that are successful from a functional, ecological, and societal standpoint in both the short and long term.
GEI is unique because we have teams of local practitioners across the United States and Canada that actively collaborate across our entire footprint. Our breadth and depth of experience spans a variety of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems across the country and is based in both science and practice. We use this experience to develop practical project solutions. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, GEI has experience in the assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring of ecological restoration projects.